# What Can I Learn in a Buckling Study?

Like most of the central United States, the Chicago area (where I live) experienced a brutal February 2021 with frigid temperatures and lots of snow. We got whacked with a serious blizzard that lasted about 36 hours. This was the scene outside my back door when the blizzard was over. That’s 22 inches of fresh powder on my patio table. After the backbreaking work of shoveling the driveway was complete, I started to wonder whether my patio table was in […]

# How many ways can I simplify an analysis in SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

Imagine the following machine design scenario.  I am tasked with generating early validation data for a machine that flips barrels from one conveyor to another.  The barrel is constructed of American Oak wood staves that are charred, then filled with liquid that will be stored for a very long time.  Years, in fact, if done correctly!  The machine will flip the barrel from one side to the other in three seconds.  Finally, the mass of the barrel and contents are […]

# Can SOLIDWORKS Simulation help my driver shaft find its spine?

All things considered; I would rather be playing golf.  I have played in temperatures hovering near 110 Fahrenheit in the shade, when it was snowing, in tornado warnings, and in monsoons.  To non-golfers, this is often viewed as a form of psychosis.  To golfers, it is par for the course!  These days I do not get to play as much golf as I would like, but that does not stop me from planning my next round.  It also does not […]

# Neutral Axis, Shear Center and Beam Meshing in SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Beam meshing has been available in SOLIDWORKS Simulation for many years and is an excellent way to represent structural members in the analysis of frame assemblies. Beams are one dimensional line elements that incorporate the cross-sectional properties of the member into the element formulation instead of explicitly capturing the details as with a solid mesh. This allows the efficient calculation of axial, shear and bending stresses within the member, whereas a solid mesh can become prohibitively large since it requires […]

# SOLIDWORKS 2021 Installation Guide Part 4 –Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD and Simulation Installation

What do I need to know to install my Composer, Plastics, Inspection, MBD, or Simulation package? First, all these products are installed thru the SOLIDWORKS installation manager. To download the installation manager, you will need to click the SOLIDWORKS download link. Run the installation manager and enter the serial number for your products. If you have all your licenses set up to be renewed at the same time you may have only one SOLIDWORKS serial number for all your assets. […]

# SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Simulation-Copy Tabular Results

Simulation has become an invaluable tool for SOLIDWORKS users since 1995 when COSMOSworks became a SOLIDWORKS gold partner. Since then the product has evolved into what we know today as SOLIDWORKS Simulation. For people who do not use SIMULATION a lot, it has a certain majesty; the colorful plots and neat animations give a sense of technological wonder. However, pretty colors and videos only go so far for an engineer. Eventually, we need hard data. SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2021 has introduced […]

# SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Simulation Improved Bonded Formulation

Simulation has introduced several new enhancements this year for SOLIDWORKS 2021. One of these enhancements gets a name change and additional functionality. Formerly known as a Bonded Contact, the new and improved Bonded Interaction makes setting up your model quicker than ever before. Bonded Interaction Enhancements The new Bonded Interaction improves the accuracy and simplifies the setup of Static, Frequency, and Buckling analysis. All new algorithms for 2021 mesh bodies independently and allow for Bonded Interaction improvement. Let’s look at […]

# SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Meshing Enhancements

SOLIDWORKS 2021 includes several improvements to the meshing algorithms and workflows. These meshing improvements fall into three categories; faster meshing algorithms, improved default options and enhanced capabilities to rapidly resolve any mesh failures. Improved options for default mesh settings Default options in SOLIDWORKS Simulation are automatically applied to new studies. A common use of default options is to set-up standardized result plots that always display in the results folder once a study has finished solving. We can also use default […]

# SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – Simulation Solver Enhancements

Have you ever wondered how the characters in those sci-fi movies come up with technical calculations so quickly in their head to save the lives of all when in a serious life-or-death situation? “We’ve got just enough fuel to safely reach Planet Xterron if we keep our speed under warp 9.5. We’ll be only 0.0725 light years ahead of the enemy, but out of range of their photon ray guns!” I’d be in a severe panic, misplace more than just […]

# SOLIDWORKS 2021 What’s New – SOLIDWORKS Plastics- Co-Injection Enhancement Summary – #SW2021

If you have been following along with the What’s New series the last few years, SOLIDWORKS Plastics has been on a hot streak. As you will see in the other SOLIDWORKS Plastics What’s New blogs to come, a lot of work has been done to make the product function more like the other simulation packages. These workflow improvements have not been at the expense of functionality enhancements, though. Today I want to share some great improvements to the Co-Injection feature […]